Bad breath? Bleeding gums? These are signs of poor oral health. Oral health is not limited to simply to the mouth, however. Your oral health can offer clues about your overall health—problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body.
Your mouth is teeming with bacteria. Most of them are harmless but sometimes harmful bacteria can grow out of control and cause oral infections, such as tooth ache, gum pain, tooth decay or even gum disease. Normally, however, the body’s natural defenses and good oral healthcare, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep those bacteria under control.
It is never too late to begin practice good oral health. However, if you are already suffering from gum pain, tooth aches, or canker sores, there are some effective ways to lessen the pain. A cheap and effective solution is to apply ice to the wound or to suck on ships of ice. This is a great way to numb the pain. Rinsing your mouth with salt-water is a great way to prevent future recurrence and also facilitate the healing of current canker sores. The salt water acts as a natural cleanser to improve the environment of your mouth.
Hydrogen peroxide is a great alternative to salt water. This substance works wonders for all kinds of mouth problems, including canker sores. Try dipping a q-tip in diluted hydrogen peroxide, and applying it to the canker sore. You will notice a foaming action, and perhaps a bit of a sting, but the peroxide will help to relieve the pain and heal the wound faster.
Of course, it is always a good idea to practice good dental hygiene: keeping your mouth clean may help in prevention. Remember to floss daily and brush thoroughly, but gently, so as not to irritate the mouth. A brush with softer bristles should be considered, especially if you are prone to recurrence.
Lastly, avoid foods or drinks that are abrasive, either physically (such as nuts or chips, which can cause cuts in the mouth) or due to their composition. The latter might include acidic or spicy foods, or carbonated beverages that can be very irritating to the mouth for some people.
These practices will aid you in your quest for oral health. Canfo’s OralEase®
can help provide additional support to your oral hygiene and wellness.* It is all-natural and is the only product specifically formulated to help people with canker sores available in tablet form.**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.